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Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered subspecies of tiger from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. There are less than 300 of them left in the wild, and all known population clusters are in decline. So when you have a chance to see one under any circumstances you should avail yourself of the opportunity. And if that chance somehow involves seeing a bunch of baby Sumatran cubs wrestling, that should conclusively settle whether it's worth your time to go wandering around the zoo for an afternoon.
This is all by way of saying that we realize it's been almost a month since we posted about zoos, and we owe you some cute things. Herein are three different parks across two different states, each with a pair of baby Sumatran tigers. We've even included embedded videos and links to picture galleries, because it's Monday and you deserve it.
The Los Angeles Zoo has been quite the flurry of activity over the last few months. Their new $2.5 million carousel opened last October, giving the zoo a more festive feel and driving revenue toward conservation. Then the zoo opened its new $42 million Elephants of Asia exhibit last December, irking radical animal rights activists and delighting pretty much everybody else.
Now the LA Zoo is unveiling another huge new exhibit. This time it's a reptile house dubbed LAIR (Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) that they've been working on for years. The building will be home to over 60 species: snakes, frogs, lizards, and iguanas. There's even going to be an underwater viewing area.